New York Cosmos sign Stabæk striker Mads Stokkelien

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The New York Cosmos continue to revamp their forward options, signing striker Mads Stokkelien from first division Norwegian side, Stabæk.

“Mads is an exciting young player who gives us more options offensively,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He can operate as a target forward and has proven he’s a good finisher.”

Stokkelien, 23, was a vital part of Stabæk’s ascension to the Tippeligaen. He led the team in scoring with 17 goals in 30 matches, good for second in the Adeccoligaen’s Golden Boot race. He also featured in every minute of every match for Stabæk. Stokkelien comes with a youth international pedigree, featuring in the Norwegian U-18, U-19 and U-21 national teams and is the second forward talent added by the club this offseason alongside Dutchman Hans Dennisen.

“It’s amazing for me to be here,” Stokkelien said in a club statement. “I’m so excited to be a part of the New York Cosmos organization and I hope to be an important piece of a winning team.”

Still in his early 20’s, Stokkelien has plenty of first division experience, featuring with IK Start when he was 18-years-old through his time at Stabæk. In New York, the Norwegian striker won’t find himself too lonely either; he spent two seasons with Cosmos fullback Hunter Freeman at IK Start.

For his part, Freeman was excited about the addition, tweeting, “Welcome to my good friend & former teammate, Mads, to the New York Cosmos!!! Exciting young player & even better person.”